It is well known that Michael Jordan is a notoriously competitive gambler who has been accused in the past of cheating to win bets.
But now Scottie Pippen confirms that his former teammate has cheated on some random bets and won others through purchased or reputational advantages.
Pippen made the claims during an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show. “I will say that he cheated on a few of his bets,” Pippen revealed.
While he did not give any specific examples of when Jordan cheated, some instances were previously reported that Pippen might have been alluding to.
Reports claim Jordan allegedly bet Pippen $100 on the outcome of pre-recorded animated Bull races shown on the Chicago Stadium jumbotron during games. However, Jordan would ask the Bulls’ operations staff before each game which color bull would win the race that night and then use that information to trick Pippen into a losing bet.
I’m another story reported by ESPN’s Bill Simmons; Jordan was notorious for random gambling ventures like wagering with teammates at airports in between road games. He would apparently bet his teammates hundreds of dollars on who’s luggage would get pulled out first by airport staff.
While Pippen disputed a report that claimed Jordan went as far as bribing luggage handlers to win, he did say that Jordan gave himself a unique advantage in the race to get his luggage pulled out first.
“Michael Jordan had his own beautiful bags,” Pippen said. “At this time, we didn’t have team bags, so when you saw a bag come off and it had a Jumpman on it, I’m sure for the guys working at the airport, that was the first bag they grabbed. So he had an advantage, but I don’t think it was something he intentionally did. It was just a knowing thing that he knew people were going to jump on his bag.” Pippen explained.
Listen below at the 04:50 mark.